On July 6, Netflix issued a press release announcing that Ava DuVernay, the director whose artistic eye has developed captivating films such as Selma and 13TH , will write and direct a five-episode series detailing the story of New York's "Central Park Five. DuVernay is a well-respected director known for producing critical art. The story of the Central Park Five is a real story that illuminates America's problems with race, class, policing of black communities, and the weaponizing of racial fears — the latter of which was exacerbated by the man we now call the president of the United States. In order to appreciate the series, it's critical to understand the story of the Central Park Five.
Central Park Five Case, Explained
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